Last night I worked too long in the coop doing Spring Cleaning and getting the big coop ready for the chicks to move in. When I got done I realized that it was well after 5pm, and I still needed a shower and hadn’t even thawed anything out for our dinner.
What is your go-to meal when you are short on time? Mine is Stromboli. It’s fast. It’s easy. The homemade crust makes it seem like something I created with love, even though everything inside is straight out of a package. And everyone loves it. In fact, last night, J-Bear told me that it’s his favorite meal.
The magic of this recipe begins and ends with my Make Ahead (Or Last Minute) Roll recipe. It’s a quick and easy bread recipe. You preheat your oven to 375, throw the ingredients into your stand mixer for 6 minutes, let it rest for 10 minutes, and it’s ready to be rolled out and used in this tasty Stromboli recipe.
While it was mixing and resting, I browned a little hamburger and gathered my toppings. Tonight I threw a pound of frozen hamburger in a pan with a lid on medium heat and it defrosted and browned before I was ready to assemble my stromboli. You can use any toppings your family likes. My guys like it pretty plain, just marinara, pepperoni and cheese. If I was making it for myself I might add onions or mushrooms, or even try an alfredo and chicken version.
I divide my dough in half and roll each half into a circle the size of my pizza stones. Spread half the pizza sauce onto one half of one of the dough circles, making sure to leave the edges dry so you’ll be able to seal the stromboli. Top it with whatever you like, and don’t forget a nice thick layer of shredded cheese.
I wet the edges of the dough to help it seal, and if I’ve already mixed up my egg glaze, I use that. (If you don’t know how to do an egg glaze, the roll recipe explains it) Fold the dough over and seal the edges. Cut a couple of slashes in the top to vent steam. Then brush a little egg glaze over the top to make it brown and pretty, and pop it into the oven for about 15 minutes.
That’s it. Less than 40 minutes from start to finish without even having anything thawed. Dinner’s on the table by 6pm and the guys of my house, who are always hungry, never know that I didn’t plan it that way all along. Trust me, it looks yummy, but it tastes even better!